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CANCELLED: Chico Firefighters Local 2734 Voting Barbecue

Chico Firefighters Local 2734 have cancelled the Voting Barbecue originally scheduled to take place on October 24, between 4
& 6 p.m., on Trinity Commons.

Fourth Annual Staff Council Halloween Office Costume Contest

Does your campus department have the BEST group costume idea?  Put on your thinking caps and get your creative juices flowing.  Staff Council is sponsoring our Fourth Annual Halloween Office Costume Contest - Monday, October 31st.

1. Encourage your office to put together a group costume for Halloween
2. Between 8:00am-10:am on Monday, October 31st, take ONE picture of your group in costume
3. Send ONE picture to the STAFF COUNCIL OFFICE EMAIL between 8:00am-10:00am on Monday, October 31st
(please subject your email like this: “Halloween Picture/Department Name”)

We will post each picture to our Staff Council Facebook Page.  Only pictures emailed to Staff Council will be posted to Facebook.  Pictures posted directly to Facebook will be deleted.  Pictures received AFTER 10:00am will not be entered.

Between 12:00pm and 4:00pm, you, your coworkers, friends, family, and general public can “LIKE” their favorite pictures on the Facebook page.  A picture must be clicked on to “LIKE” it.  Due to sheer logistics, pictures that are individually shared off the page and that get “likes”, will not be included in the final tally.  To be able to “LIKE” your favorite photos you must first “LIKE” our Staff Council Facebook page.  Any likes added after 4pm will not count.

The department’s photo with the most “LIKES” will be declared our winner and receive a $40.00 Woodstock’s Pizza gift certificate, drinks, candy, and the satisfaction of being 2016 costume champion of the Chico State campus. Our winner will be announced on Facebook later that evening, and in Campus Announcements the following week.

Keeping in mind that safety on our campus is paramount, please visit our Environmental Health & Safety office’s Halloween
safety guidelines on the front page of their website
to help you plan safely and accordingly. Holiday Costumes for the Office         Office Decoration Safety          

Please direct contest questions to Melanie
 in the Staff Council Office
!  Remember….it’s all in good fun and good campus community spirit!
All pictures submitted to our contest become the property of Staff Council to use for promotional and social media purposes.

Meriam Library Brown Bag Lunch Talks Series/October 25/MLA 8th Edition: What's New

Attention Faculty and Staff!

The Fall Meriam Library Brown Bag Talks will continue Tuesday, October 25  from noon to 1pm. The topic is:

MLA 8th Edition: What's New - Presented by Rachel Arteaga

The Modern Language Association recently released the 8th edition of its handbook and there are some major changes. In order to keep up with the digital age, the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook introduces a new citation style that is less reliant on format and more universal in its application. Learn about these changes and how they may affect the way you teach this citation style.

Bring your lunch and join us on the 4nd floor of Meriam Library behind the Children’s Literature Collection at the collaboration station. Look for directions on a whiteboard as you exit the 4th floor elevators.

See you next Tuesday!

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Ratterree in the library at

Staff Council's Staff & Faculty Art Exhibit - Now On Display

The annual Staff & Faculty Art Exhibit, hosted by Staff Council, is currently on display in Kendall Hall.  More than fifty fantastic pieces of art, from many mediums, were submitted this year.  Staff Council hopes that campus colleagues enjoy the opportunity to observe some of their peers extraordinary talent!  Please save the date and join Staff Council for the Artist’s Reception on Thursday, November 3rd from 4:30-5:30pm in the Kendall Hall rotunda.  You will get a chance to meet the artists as well as bid on and purchase some of the pieces included in the exhibit.  Light refreshments will be served.

Tomorrow - Annual Moonlight Safety Walk, October 25 @ 6:45PM

California State University, Chico President Gayle Hutchinson and members of the Public Safety Advisory Committee invite you to join them for the 12th annual Moonlight Safety Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 25th @ 6:45PM.

The event will begin in SSC 150 with free pizza, and followed by a walk around campus.

This annual event gathers Chico State students, staff, faculty, and administrators together for the purpose of making campus safer. Participants divide into teams to comb  through campus identifying potential safety hazards, which may include issues such as: inadequate lighting, overgrown brush, faulty or inoperable blue-light safety phones, etc.  All potential safety concerns identified during the walk are entered into a database and then reviewed by University Police, Facilities Management and Services (FMS) and other relevant campus departments. Furthermore, any safety issues noted within the City of Chico’s jurisdiction are passed along to city officials.

Over the past 12 years this event has helped identify thousands of safety issues, almost all of which have been corrected.

Come help make Chico State a safer place!

Contact the Public Safety Advisory Committee Chair, Kyle Horst (x5368) or University Police Chief John Feeney for further information.

Today - 100 Day Listening Tour Open Forum

President Hutchinson has been receiving constructive and important feedback as she continues her 100 day listening tour. She recently released a 50 day report, summarizing what she has heard thus far. The listening tour continues through December 2, 2016 with an open forum to be held today, Monday, October 24 from 1:30-3:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center Room 144. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to allow staff reporting to them to attend, within the limits of safety and necessary office coverage and services.

The online survey is also still available for your feedback. It can be found here.

We hope to see you at the open forum.

Understanding What to Do for Injuries, Leaves and Workers’ Compensation

10/26/2016 (Wed), 10-11AM, Colusa 100B


Join us for a high-level overview of CSU Chico’s employee medical and family leaves and workers’ compensation programs and processes.

Contact Information

Register: Development & Training System (DTS) > Schedule
Questions? Contact HRSC Professional Development or call (530) 898-6433

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This workshop will provide an overview of workers’ compensation and what to do should an employee be injured on the job. We will also talk about how CSU Family Medical Leave works, what type of medical or family leaves are available to employees, and the process to return to work. There will also be a brief description of the role of the interactive process for reasonable accommodation through the Accessibility Resource Center.

Instructor(s): Gloria Godinez (Labor Relations, Compliance, Leaves & Workers’ Compensation, Manager) and Sean Rough (Employee Leaves & Workers Compensation, Admin Support Coordinator)

Audience: Targeted towards managers, chairs, supervisors, and employees who supervise student employees. All staff and faculty are welcome to attend.  Designed for state employees (as the RF and AS processes may be different).

Sponsor(s): Human Resources Service Center

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Defensive Driver Training October 27

The CSU Vehicle Use Policy requires that State employees (including student employees) complete Defensive Driver Training every four years in order to drive a State, rental, or privately-owned vehicle, including electric carts, on State business.  In an effort to meet the needs of the Campus, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety is offering Defensive Driver Training every other week during summer months.

The next course is offered Thursday, October 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Meriam Library, Studio A.

To view the schedule of sessions, time, and location or to confirm the expiration date of your Defensive Driver Training, please visit the EHS website at Environmental Health and Safety

At the time of the class, you must have your valid Driver’s License, your CSU, Chico State ID card, and a pen or pencil for the short quiz at the end of the session.

Employees and Student Employees can register for defensive driver training, please log into the new Development and Training System  using your daily user name and password. • click on Schedule • select the date and time • click on Register • click on Add to Calendar • to close click on Close Window

May also e-mail Kathy Kinch at to register.

Resident Advisor Job Opportunities Available with Upward Bound Projects for the 2017 Summer

The Upward Bound Projects, a Federally Funded TRiO program, is a year round program for highly motivated students with academic potential who want to pursue post-secondary education after high school.  Participants are required to attend a six-week long summer residential program housed here on campus. 

Summer program tentative dates June 11 through July 20, 2017; some evening and/or weekend classes during the spring 2017 semester & a mandatory student orientation June 3, 2017; additional mandatory training June 6-10, 2017.

Open to ALL majors.

Duties include the following:  &#8226 Work cooperatively in planning and implementation of activities together with Head Resident Advisor and all other Resident Advisors; &#8226 Supervise participants to assure their safety and well being; &#8226 Aid in specific classes and tutor in residence hall; &#8226 Monitor and evaluate participants’ academic and social progress; &#8226 Submit written weekly evaluations on participants; &#8226 Maintain discipline and harmonious relations in the residence hall; &#8226 Motivate participants toward higher education; &#8226 Organize social, cultural, and recreational activities;

  WAGES:  $2,200 stipend, room/board, and internship units.

Please email to obtain a complete job description or stop by the office.   The Upward Bound Office is located at:

Student Services Center (SSC) 392 California State University, Chico 400 W. First Street Chico, CA 95929-0712

Further info: AA/EOE

CSU, Chico Staff / Management Vacancies

Please visit and click Search Jobs to view the most current listing of staff and management job opportunities.

CSU Chico is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability.

New this week

(VA697) STOCKROOM TECHNICIAN (Instructional Support Technician I)
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Compliance Training - Are You Current?

To: CSU, Chico Employees (faculty, staff and students employed by CSU, Chico)
From:   Human Resources Service Center – Professional Development Re: Compliance Training

Action requested:
• All Employees: Via the training site, Login to the DTS to check your compliance training statuses. Complete any outstanding training assignments.
• Managers, Chairs and Leads: Run compliance training reports to ensure appropriate employees are included and in compliance.


• Now thru 10/31/2016 – Leads, Chairs and Managers: test reports  to ensure they include all employees for which you approve absences.
• 10/31/2016 – Leads, Chairs and Managers: Encourage employees who are non-compliant to complete outstanding training.
• 11/14/2016 – Reports of employees with overdue training will be sent to Vice Presidents the week of November 14.
• 12/9/2016 – Campus deadline to be 100% current with compliance training.

What is your status?
Go to the training site, Login to the DTS to view your training assignments. If your progress bars are green, you are in compliance and no further action is needed.

If not, click the “track” and view the assigned courses. Setup your computer for the training. Then click “Launch” or “Retake” in the action column next to the e-course title to begin the training.

Note: Anyone who leads or directs the work of others (excluding classroom teaching) should take the “EDU Supervisor: Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation” training as it satisfies both the Required DHR Training for Supervisors and Non-Supervisors. Contact with questions.

• View updates regarding campus compliance training deadlines
• For more information, e-mail or contact Human Resources Service Center - Professional Development, at (530) 898-6433.
• For DTS technical support, review tips for Navigating the DTS.


Every Vote Counts! Meriam Library Voting/Election Displays

With the 2016 elections only 15 days away, Meriam Library designed and created two displays on voting and elections. The exhibit on the second floor of the library contains historical voting paraphernalia including past election buttons. Also, on the other side of the display are books from the library collection that you are encouraged to browse and borrow.  The display on the third floor includes nonpartisan information on state and local measures, along with Chico City Council candidates.  The ballot includes 17 statewide propositions, such as the controversial Prop. 64, an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults. Voters in Butte County have a lot of candidates and ballot measures to research before they hit the polls. Take a look and become informed on all of the ballot measures. There are also voter registration forms that are due by October 24, 2016.

Every vote counts!

For more information, contact

Rachel Arteaga,

Donna Greenberg,

Apply Now: Employee Fee Waivers for Spring 2017 (and Winter 2017)

Did you know the CSU provides a fee waiver benefit to its employees?  Details about the fee waiver program, instructions and options are available online. 

The CSU, Chico Employee Fee Waiver Application filing period for Spring (and Winter) 2017 terms is October 3 through November 4, 2016.   One application form is required for each term of enrollment.  As a reminder, course fees can be waived for up to two courses, but the maximum amount of release time an employee can request is equal to one course.

Return completed forms to the Human Resources Services Center, Kendall Hall Room 220, campus zip 0010, by Friday, November 4, 2016.   If you have questions, e-mail, or call ext. 6771.

Winter Courses Winter courses at CSU, Chico are not state-funded and, as such, do not qualify for the fee waiver program.  Courses during winter terms at other CSU campuses may or may not be state-funded.  Please check with the campus offering the course to confirm. 

More Information If you have questions, please review the website, e-mail, or call ext. 6771.

University's Needy Children Program Raffle Underway

Staff Council is preparing for the 26th year of the  University’s Needy Children Program

As part of the preparation, Staff Council members are currently selling raffle tickets through Friday, November 4th.  We have some great prizes lined up with more being added every day

Suggested ticket donations are:  1 ticket:  $1, 6 tickets:  $5, and 15 tickets:  $10.  Find your area Staff Council rep  to purchase tickets, or contact Melanie O’Connor in the Staff Council office.  All money raised in the raffle will be used to purchase holiday grocery gift cards for families participating in our University’s Needy Children Program.

Thank you to the following Chico community businesses and individuals for donations to our UNCP raffle:
Gateway Science Museum
Northern Star Mills
CSU, Chico School of the Arts
Jon & Bon Yogurt Shoppe
Chico State Wildcat Bookstore
Memories of Us Photography
Dustin Cheatham at Century 21 Realty


News Release: Chico State Student Athlete Advisory Committee Unveils 'You Don’t Say' Campaign

Date: 10-21-2016

Luke Reid
Intercollegiate Athletics
Rory Miller
Intercollegiate Athletics

“Everyone is welcome here. We are a family. We want everyone to feel included, and we want our language to reflect that.” – Haley Kroll, Chico State Student Athlete Advisory Committee copresident.

The Chico State Student Athlete Advisory Committee, better known as SAAC, has long held this belief. In 2013, the group was the driving force behind the department’s “You Can Play” campaign and video.

The complete news release is available on the CSU, Chico News website. 


Avoiding Bias in Hiring

11/17/2016 (Thurs) 2-4PM Colusa 100A


If you are involved in hiring employees this workshop is for you.

Contact Information

To Register: Login and view the Development & Training System (DTS) Schedule
Event Contact: Email HRSC Professional Development or call (530) 898-6433

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During this overview of unconscious bias and its impact on the hiring process, you will be provided tools and strategies for ensuring that the best candidates apply and are hired for open positions. Time for discussion and opportunities to practice implementing the strategies are included in the workshop.

Workshop formally known as: “Strategies for Avoiding Unconscious Bias in the Hiring Process”

Instructors:  Michelle Morris, Faculty Diversity Officer
Beverly Gentry, Professional Development Manager

Audience: Campus employees interested in, or responsible for, hiring personnel. Targeted towards faculty and staff search committee chairs, as well as anyone serving on search committees or interested in best practices towards hiring the best candidate for an open position.

Sponsor: Human Resources Service Center

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Interested in Joining an Excel User Group?

•  10/24/2016 (Mon), 2-3 PM, Yolo 234 •  11/07/2016 (Mon), 2-3 PM, Yolo 234
•  11/21/2016 (Mon), 2-3 PM, Yolo 234
•  12/05/2016 (Mon), 2-3 PM, Yolo 234


Would you like to improve your Excel skills and possibly share your expertise?  Join the Excel User Group sessions!

Contact Information

To Register: Login and view the Development & Training System (DTS) Schedule
Event Contact: Email HRSC Professional Development or call (530) 898-6433

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These sessions will follow an organic format where participants are encouraged to share questions or topics they’re interested in discussing. Some sessions may start with a pre-selected topic, some may not. Participants will problem-solve together.  Questions on the Excel Budget Tool (from Financial Services), common Excel tricks, pivot tables, formulas and more, are welcome.

Sharpen Your Excel Skills

  • Any level Excel user, from beginner to expert, is welcome to attend.
  • If you have a laptop or tablet for work, we encourage you to bring it (fully charged as there are limited outlets). If not, it's fine to come without it.
  • If you have data or an Excel file you would like help with, please bring it on the laptop, a flash drive, or email it to yourself just before  the session

Instructor(s): Beverly Gentry (Manager of Professional Development, Human Resources Service Center)

Audience: University employees interested in improving their Excel skills; including staff, faculty, managers, and students. Any level Excel user is welcome: beginners, intermediate users, and advanced users.  Attendees are encouraged to actively participate in this collaborative learning experience.

Group Toolkit: Excel User Group Playlist in

Sponsor(s): Information Resources, Financial Services, Professional Development

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The Campus Announcements website is updated in the afternoon of every day that the University is open.

If you would like to contribute a short message for posting (200 words maximum), first check the announcement guidelines, then send it to no later than 11 a.m. on the day you want your message posted to the Campus Announcements website.

Thanks for reading and contributing!